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  • John shared from The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? by Richard Stearns
    loving our neighbor as ourselves is like loving God with all of our being. So then, Jesus equated loving our neighbors with loving God. If we truly love God, He was saying, we will express it by loving our neighbors, and when we truly love our neighbors, it expresses our love for God. The two loves are fully interconnected and intertwined.
  • John shared from The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? by Richard Stearns
    The first Reformation ... was about creeds; this one's going to be about our deeds. The first one divided the church; this time it will unify the church. -RICK WARREN
  • John shared from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (with Cross-References) by Crossway Bibles
    3 For Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Ahasuerus, and he was great among the Jews and popular with the multitude of his brothers, for he sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people.
    Note: What a simple but powerful example of what it mean to be a leader... seek welfare and speak peace.
  • John shared from The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? by Richard Stearns
    I believe that "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). And if Jesus was willing to die for this troubled planet, maybe I need to care about it too. Maybe I should love the people who live on it more. Maybe I have a responsibility to do my part to love the world that Jesus loves so much.
  • John shared from A Door Set Open: Grounding Change in Mission and Hope by Peter L. Steinke
    It seems as if many church people have been living in Plato’s cave. They think the church enterprise is about “me.” What is at stake is my salvation. The me-and-my-salvation individual “does church” by making a fair exchange of time and money for eternal assurances. But the effect of teaching the fate of the individual soul downplays the beginning of God’s restoration now. It teaches that the important stuff comes later and that “going to heaven” is the benchmark of Christian life. Yet, the Christian life is so much more than any one person’s long-term survival. It is about the...
  • John shared from A Door Set Open: Grounding Change in Mission and Hope by Peter L. Steinke
    IF THE CHURCH IS TO impart to the world a message of hope and love, of faith, justice, and peace, something of this should become visible, audible, and tangible in the church itself. —DAVID BOSCH, Transforming Mission*
  • John shared from Unconditional?: The call of Jesus to radical forgiveness by Brian Zahnd
    forgiveness is not an emotion; it is an act of the will. In a mechanical act of the will to obey Jesus and offer forgiveness, Corrie ten Boom discovered that the love of God through the Holy Spirit is released, thus making forgiveness genuine and transformative. This is Christianity in its essence. This is Christianity at its finest. This is Christianity, not as the conventional wisdom of civil religion, but as the counterintuitive wisdom of the Sermon on the Mount. This is the Christianity that is not a chaplain to the status quo but a catalyst for profound and positive change.
    Note: A great book on forgiveness... at least so far.
  • John shared from Unconditional?: The call of Jesus to radical forgiveness by Brian Zahnd
    Since the end of the war I had had a home in Holland for victims of Nazi brutality. Those who were able to forgive their former enemies were able also to return to the outside world and rebuild their lives, no matter what the physical scars. Those who nursed their bitterness remained invalids. It was as simple and as horrible as that. And still I stood there with the coldness clutching my heart. But forgiveness is not an emotion—I knew that too. Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart. “Jesus, help me!” I prayed silently. “I...
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